Exciting News!

Exciting News!

Happy Sunday to you from Skyway Drive…….and a Happy Sunday it is!

If you have been following me you know I LOVE to do card challenges.  I really enjoy the “challenge”.  No pun intended.  What you guys don’t know is that I have been actively applying for Design Team Positions. Well, Sunday morning my email had a happy surprise. I have been accepted as a Design Team member to the Papercraft Business Challenge.

This is a monthly challenge with different themes and optional twists each month. Did I mention PRIZES? Yup! there is a prize every month.  Challenges are really a lot of fun. You should pop on over and check this one out. Starting in August you will see my designs there as your inspiration!  

If, like me you do a lot of card challenges you will DEFINITELY want  to check out this page too! Papercraft Business. They have this awesome Planner you can download for $7 to organize all your challenge info.  
There is a project page to help keep track of all the elements of each challenge as you work on them. There is a  page for tracking which Challenges to enter, Weekly challenges, Bi-Weekly challenges and Monthly challenges. There is also a Papercraft Challenge Swipe File that lists 162 challenges you can enter along with the web address of each one! How super cool is that? 

I hope you are as excited as I am, and I also hope you will visit Papercraft Business Challenge and play along with us. 

All About Stencils…

Happy Saturday from Annapolis!

Today I have for you another installment of my homework for the Altenew Academy Educator Program. This one is Stencil Techniques! 

First off, did you know how easy it is to make your own stencils?  Pretty much any die that will give you a pattern is good! All you need is a die, some window sheets or acetate and your die cutting machine! 

My Friend Nancy form Rowhouse Greetings made this one we used in a class a couple of weeks ago. 

A super fun thing you can do is use texture paste. You can even dye it for the color you want!  


I dyed this one brown to make a mud splash.



Ink blending is another way to utilize those stencils! Here I taped my paper to the back of the stencil then taped the stencil to my Wendy Vecchi Make Art Station. I love this tool for working with stencils or doing splatters, for me it was a great investment.


 You can really make some fantastic backgrounds this way! 

Watercoloring is another cool way to use a stencil.  For this technique I am anchoring the stencil with Pixie Spray to really seal the edges.  Wet the paper, add your water color and blot away the excess. 

Sprays and spritzes work really cool too! Here is a ample using Nuvo Mica Mist. I taped down the stencil like I did for ink blending and spritzed the spray and blotted the excess.

So you see, there are many ways to make and use stencils in your card making!  I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial. 

Piggy: E02, E01, E00
Snout: W3, W1, W00
Tongue: RV21, R20
Shading: BV20
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